The realm of logic is a realm to itself, with great application, but not omnipresence in reality. It can falsify or verify anything - but only as it relates to its parameters and as it relates to logic. If I plug in a claim to classical logic and logic says - this exemplifies a fallacy of Logic - that statement is true only so far as the realm of logic. A fallacy of logic can be demonstrated using logic.. a claim which happens to fit a fallacy of logic is not nessesarilly false universally as it relates to reality and life. Fallacy of Logic does not equate Fallacy of reality.
It will be a TRUE statement by the logician that what has been said, within the realm of logic, is a fallacy. But it will not negate the possibility of the thing said being true in reality. In a big way though, anyone requiring that any statement, any truth or any useful, good thing be verifiable by classical logic - will find themselves becoming an Atheist and appreciative of only science as a valid method for discovering truth.
Just becuase - I want to share something from the bible:
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Humans are creatures who invest. We invest our time, we invest our energy, our love and emotion. When we go to work, school, out to dinner, or in the choosing of companionship investments of all kinds take place, all the time. And like a financial investment, there is a dividend at the end... a payoff.
Investment is a commitment. The two words are related in their action. Invest and commit mean similar things - both involve the expenditure of will or matter or /something/ towards a goal.
It is not the action of an autonomous being to be committed. An autonomous being has no investments - particularly the binding kind such as a debt or emotional dependency on another. Autonomy is a separation - a lack of action, or need for it.
It is impossible for a human to be autonomous. If a human is not invested on any level - he or she dies.. (Starvation, disease) If a human is invested in only survival - he or she is miserable - though alive - with no purpose, no commitment to goal or life. People in a coma are not happy. If a human is invested in survival plus a little invested in further orders of life (e.g. job friends)- then MAYBE a few basics have been fulfilled in a human life. This is saying nothing about love, family, spirituality or philosophy - the higher orders of life require greater commitment; greater investment.
There is always a force of authority in every human being’s life – from birth it is parents, teachers, employers, government, law – even in the rare exception of these there is ultimately God. We can choose to ignore or avoid some of these forces in our lives, and there is some power there – but eventually reckoning rears its head, and inevitably a price must be paid. Not a payoff this time, but a deficit.
In conclusion – the human condition is, by its nature, a condition of investment. This has some serious connotations. If we invest foolishly, we will yield only a fool’s reward, or perhaps even pay a hefty price?
42? Not ready for that.
"What is the meaning of life" may not be a question with anymore validity than "Have you stopped beating your dog? maybe.
Let us begin with the most basic and fundamental concepts. If you cannot relate to them, you may not be ready for any open minded thought.
1. I am! What an astonishing moment when this realization hits home. The wonder of your very being may be the deepest, most profound enlightenment your mind will ever experience.
2. I am not alone! No, you never have been. Every thought, feeling, emototion and experience you've ever had was prompted by or originated with someone oher than youself. In the womb, with parents, siblings, teachers, sweethearts, employers, spouses, clergy, etc etc. You have learned to react to the influences of others and mostly in the defensive mode. This is why your opinions are so important to you. But you may very possibly never have had an oringinal thought beyond "I am" and understandably so becuase life is a VERY busy place dealing with all of the forementioned influences to say nothing of all the requirements you've dealt with going from infant to adult. By the time you are an adult, you have absorbed enough bullshit to fatally poinson and kick all creativity out of you. Ther emust come a time when you are capable and willing to set it all aside and realize a few basic things beyond I Am and I am not alone.
3. If you compare all the good things that go into you against the things that come out of you, it may be you dont have quite as much to be proud of as you thought.
4. The appetites we feed grow stronger. You may have noticed no one is hungrier, or more often than the obese. This is true on a spiritual level also. An appetite for violence, well fed, grows stronger. Seen any movies lately?
5. There is design and order to the universe which demands the consideration of the designer.
6. How people relate to and cooperate with each other is the key to healthy family, community and international relationships.
7. We are made to be consuming creatures and then showered with a world full of wonderful things to enjoy and share. The beauty of a sunset, the scent of a rose, good food and drink, the sound of children laughing, the touch of someone dear. The thought "the best things in life are free" has merit. If we find ourselves so consumed by worldly concerns that we lose appreciation for these things, its time to reevaluate priorities and say a heartfelt "thank you" which I submit may be near the meaning of life we seek.
8. Love/charity is by definition the act of giving unselfishly, expecting nothing in return. A contribution to the welfare of someone or something other than whats yours. Somewhat illogical, quite unscientific and yet undeniable, the world recognizes its existance. What is its source??? Scripture emphasizes the importance of human relationships. There are many.
10. Science is the religion of gatherig and worshiping knowledge of the natural world. For it to exclude all spiritual considerations as it formulates its dogma, is very unscientific. It would appear that virtually everyone has their religion.
11. Simple, honest, fair minded people cultivate good family relationships, who know the value of supporting and encouraging each individual to achieve their potential. People who are aware they have recieved and are happy to give and share. Neighbors who care about eath other and cooperate to make their community better. People who have the vision to see beyond the diversities, conflicts and setbacks of a complex world, sometimes even at odds with itself, and continue to work hand in hand with likeminded people towards a better world.
People like this already know the answer to, "What is the meaning of life?" It is the proud intellectual who will never know that life itself, in harmony with God and fellow man, is the answer.
Beautiful music does not emanate from our ears.
Good food and drink does not emerge from our mouths.
The sight of a sunset does not shine out of our eyes.
The scent of a rose does not float out of our noses.
We are made to be consumers and then given a world full of great things to enjoy and share. Considering the differences between the things that go into us and the things that come out of us, just what is it we are so proud of, and why is the single day set aside each year to say a simple "thanks" turning into "turkey day"?
Nothing polarizes people for or against as quickly or as deeply as the issue of abortion.
In my opinion the proper conclusion is realized by virtue of the depth of character in the "decider"
The the 30 years since Roe V Wade we, as a nation have turned abortion into an industry producion enough money to turn the hippocratic oath taken by every doctor into a joke, but there are 40 million victims who do not see the humor.
The USA is statistically the least "child friendly" of all 1st world countries. Many factors play into this. I could list them, but think all right minded people are well aware that this sad commentary on our great nation comes through a selfish, me first, lifestyle with very limited emotional and spiritual resource to contribute or give to any relationship.
A woman's right to choose or refuse Motherhood is undeniable without question or argument, but that choice must be made before conception.
Having raised three children I am qualified to opine there is no viability in offspring until the age of self reliance which may occur at any, or no age.
The Amish have great insurance. When misfortune strikes one of their community, they all pitch in to rebuild or replace that which was lost. Premiums are paid in the form of time, energy and neighborly charity for one another. Benefits are collected when the circumstances are reversed, and no one profits by one thin dime.
Socialism, though there are no glowing examples of 20th century success, is based on the same principle. The trouble, as the 60's hippies learned, is: Everyone eats, but no one wants to do the dishes.
There was a time when Blue Cross, Blue Shield offered health insurance on a non-profit basis with regionally set premiums the same for everyone. What happened to that?
All forms of insurance in this modern world come with built in cost to provide a healthy profit margin, dividends to investors and a magnificent manhattan skyline, no matter what their advertising slogans promise. They have refined, to an art, the business of profiting from the misfortunes of others.
In my opinion any national health care system or reform should exclude insurance companies, we cant afford them.
"Thou art verily a God who hidest thyself, o' God of Isreal."
If it is true that God is hidden, then it is also true that we are blind. Spiritual blindness maybe the worst kind, for it deprives those stricken with it a vision of the everlasting and eternal which must surely be more REAL than our shallow perceptions of reality we are given @ 70 yrs to learn to appreciate in the purely natural world.
The gospel of St. John describes creation as, "of the substance of God all things are made." This requires a little time to digest. The substance of everything you see, touch, taste or smell during your entire lifetime IS GOD.
How is it possible to live a lifetime without ever seeing Him?
This makes the search for life on other worlds almost laughable. We don't even understand the significance of the life surrounding us right here on planet earth.
In a moment of inspiration I wrote this strange little parable about life as a
path. it is also a child-like critique of Nihilism and Hedonism with a plug for theism.
The discarding of the notion of absolutes in life leaves us in a condition of
observation and non participation or self-serving participation- we seem to
become hedonists, nihilists, epicurists and hard hearts after time passes. We
stop growing, and simply take a life-long smell of the flowers on the side of
the path of spitituality and truth, forgetting to retake the journey at all.
Taking a stand against taking stands equals nothing more than sitting it out. Sound cliche? Not in this day and age. If we like the smell of the flower - how much greater experiences might we know further down the path of life and spiritual journey? Perhaps some people stop and smell a rotted flower, and are repulsed at its odor - perhaps they are afraid of what may lie further along. perhaps it is best to leave rotted flowers where they lay, and concentrate only on those that bear fruit or pretty colors. Or, if the beginning of our individual path is full of thicket and thorns, we may have to try a little harder and have faith that something better must lay beyond the obsticles we cannot control.
The colorful and fruit bearing flowers are experiences of goodness and positive
feelings during life. The rotted flowers are likewise negative feelings or bad
influences in our lives. Both sprinkle the sides of the path of our days and
years. The thicket and thorns at the beginning are the sometimes disadvantaging
circumstances people are born into, or elements and events in our developing
stages of life which hinder us, or are beyond our control.
Nihilists walk the path for a time until they are tired. They say, "This path
goes no-where and means nothing, so I will not tire myself with it any longer."
They rarely question weather their claims are justifications or truths. And lay
down on the path to rest or simply take in the scenery. They never bother to
stand and continue the journey again.
Hedonists walk the path, but care little of its destination. Instead, they run
up and down the path picking those flowers they like best and smelling them
with self serving pleasure, often breaking or ruining them with little regard.
They say, "Why bother with a long commitment to the road of life when I can
have my simple pleasures here and now?"
Hard Hearts walk the path, but perhaps they brave a great thicket of thorns,
stumble on a resting nihilist and smash their head. They pick themselves up
and move on to smell a rotted flower. They stumble away from that flower
holding their noses and perhaps get knocked down by some hedonist who is
running the wrong way, holding all the good flowers selfishly in arms. If they
manage to get back on the path again, without stopping to rest with the
nihilist or taking chase after the hedonist, even if they have sure footing
they may be too haunted by their memories of past path to take time to smell
flowers anymore. They keep their eyes downward so as to make sure they dont
stumble on anything or wander into thorns again.
But then there are a few on the path who think to look UP. At first they dont
see much, but perhaps they crest a hill and make out something solid on the
horizen. They investigate further and keep their eyes upwards and as they
continue on the path it becomes closer and more detailed. It is the destination
far ahead. They see the destination as an absolute. They take faith in what
they see ahead, and boldly participate in reaching that destination. The more
they keep looking up, the more they learn about what they see ahead of them.
The more they learn, the stronger they become in vision. They stop and smell
flowers too, perhaps take a rest - but they know to leave the flowers
undisturbed that others may share in them on their way, or clear thicket and
thorns from blocking the way of others as they go, perhaps they are even strong
enough to lend a helping hand to someone fallen along the way. Hopefully they
dont spend too much time resting with Nihilists who taunt their journey with
words or get too caught up in the pleasure of lifes flowers and scenery.
Preemptive war is immoral, unamerican.
Superior military, economic strength must err on the conservative side to preserve world esteem, unless we wish to become a 'bully' to be feared. Weapong are held by every contry on Earth. Therefore fear is the real motivation for war. Thats pretty wimpy for a 'super power'..
The minority of militant muslims could turn into a majority if 'christian/muslim' conflict polarises them against us. Terrorism would escalate. New York could easily disapear under a mushroom cloud. The shipping container wouldnt even have to leave the ship.
Where do we stop once we start 'disarming' countries which have a differant ideology that our own? Or who violate human rights principles? The President and Vice President are both heavily invested in oil. Should this be ignored?
Is the USA becoming a police state? The Patriot act and new Bureau of Homeland Security seem to be pointing in that direction. Events of 9/11 are accellerating this administrations agenda. What is it?
Too many risks economic and political. Too destabilizing to the entire world. If we secure our borders with soldiers. If we give up elements of liberty for security. If we attack countries out of fear of what they might do - does this mean we have lost the war on terror? Sounds like we are afraid, scared, terrorized. Too bad, they won.
How the hawks exaggerated the link between a war on terror and military action in Iraq? If so, they have misled the people of this country in order to promote their own elitist agenda. Wonder what it is? Wonder if we will ever know?
The people of the Middle East have a very long history of fighting amonst temselves. They are divided into hundred of tribes who all seem to hate each other. Along comes Pres. Bushwith his magic wand and is ideas for Democracy. This is rediculous. Democracy requires a degree of cooperation these people do not have to give. Post war Iraw will be worse off than they were.
I've noticed a peculiar quirk in human nature which causes the thing we are most afraid of to happen. The suiter, afraid of losing his sweetheart, smothers her with affection, thus driving her away. In our fear for security and world stability we shall surely drive it away.
Fear is a bad thing.
It's antithesis is faith.